The Four Funerals in Beowulf: And the Structure of the Poem

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Manchester University Press, 2000 - 264 pages
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"It is well known that the Old English poem Beowulf begins and ends with funerals and includes a third as a digression part way through. Now, for the first time, a fourth funeral (hitherto disguised as poetic imagery) is identified from archaeological evidence. A detailed analysis of the four funerals establishes their thematic and structural importance, revealing them as pillars around which the poem is built. The port is shown to be a literate antiquarian of considerable structural skill; one who explores feminist issues, plays with numbers and enjoys a pun; who establishes an ideal then probes its darker side." "This book will be invaluable to all students of the poem for its fresh and detailed reading, its identification of a coherent structure and its establishment of the integrity of the surviving text."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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I can click several boxes for this one - but not, alas, 'Humour'; which is a shame! Great book, though. My one quibble is that he does seem to go rather over the top in his suggested echoings ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Table des matières

Scyld Scefings ship of death
11
the cremation of Hildeburgs kin
43
the Last Survivors lament
61
Beowulfs complex obsequies
85
Classicising the past
114
Rings and fitts
133
the inner
158
the outer
178
the funerals
202
three movements and a coda
217
Conclusions
234
Bibliography
241
Index
255
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À propos de l'auteur (2000)

Gale R. Owen-Crocker is Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture at the University of Manchester.

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